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The New Testament Church 0005 - Lesson 7

Its Finances (Continued)

  1. SUPPORT FOR THE WORK OF GOD
    1. Old Testament Seed
      1. Abraham refuses Sodom’s gift (Genesis 14:17-24).
        1. The king of Sodom went out to greet Abraham after he returned from battle (Genesis 14:17).
        2. The king of Sodom offered to give Abraham the goods (Genesis 14:21).
        3. Abraham had made a vow to God that he would not accept anything of Sodom (Genesis 14:22-24).
      2. Elisha refuses gifts from Naaman (2 Kings 5:9-19).
        1. Elisha informed Naaman how to be healed (2 Kings 5:9-14).
        2. Naaman returned to Elisha’s home to give him gifts (2 Kings 5:15).
        3. Elisha refused the gifts (2 Kings 5:16).
        4. Elisha rebuked Gehazi for receiving the gifts (2 Kings 5:25-27).
    2. New Testament Principle (3 John 1:7)
      1. They took nothing of the gentiles.
      2. Believers were admonished to be fellowhelpers of the truth.
    3. Practical Thoughts
      1. “The work of this Church shall be financed by the tithes and offerings of God’s People. This Church will not permit nor condone the raising of funds in any other manner.” Taken from The By-Laws of The Antioch Baptist Church – Knoxville, TN
      2. The work of the Lord is to be supported by the giving of God’s people.
      3. If this is the case, then much of the money supporting churches today is unscriptural (i.e., fundraisers, government grants, bank loans).
Andrew Ray

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 2:6

For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.